Rajouri: Known for introducing exemplary ideas in the teaching-learning process in a government school, Harnam Jamwal, a national awardee government teacher, has once again become the talk of the town after his videos and photographs of holding an open-field community class in a remote village of Rajouri went viral on social media.
Jamwal is posted at Pader School in Rajouri’s Narla village, one of the remotest and far-flung villages of the district located atop the mountain between Khawas and Kotranka tehsil.
He received the best teacher award from the Government of India two years ago and recently represented Jammu and Kashmir in the global education summit organised by the Government of Jharkhand.
Jamwal introduced several exemplary practices like kitchen garden, learning by doing, yoga classes, laughter therapy, elder education, awareness using drum beats in his school and village after which he became a role model and was appreciated by the School Education Department of J&K and then by the Government of India.
Accompanied by two more teachers, Nitin Kumar and Babli Devi, Jamwal shared some of his videos and photographs on social media where he can be seen teaching students in a community class held in an open field in the village.
The villagers of the area hailed the initiatives of the teacher and termed themselves lucky enough to have such a dedicated teacher for their students.
“He is a role model and is proving how a teacher can shape the lives of his students,” said Muhammad Mushtaq, a local.
The local villagers said that Jamwal introduced the practices of agriculture in the teaching-learning process in the school and even taught children how to plough the land using bulls, and how to harvest the crop.
“We were amused to see that our children developed a new thirst towards agriculture and introduced practices taught by the teacher in the school,” they said.
Locals appealed to the School Education Department to make the practices followed by Jamwal a regular feature in the school curriculum so that students studying in all the government schools could receive an education that not only provides knowledge but also uplifts their lifestyle and inculcates the spirit of learning by doing.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Jamwal said that he was not doing anything extraordinary but the work for which he was being paid by the government.
“Schools upto the 10th standard are closed and students are sitting idle. To cope with their education needs, the government has started the concept of community classes wherein a teacher can hold classes of students studying in any school but living in his locality,” he said.
Jamwal said that to implement these directions he was regularly taking community classes to ensure that the students not attending school receive the best possible education at their homes.